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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Santamas vs. The Forgotten Christmas

Scripture to reflect upon for Wisdom Wednesday: Luke 2:11
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.

So it’s not even the end of October and we’re already being bombarded with countless commercials, enticing our children to start making a list for Santa.


94% of Americans celebrate “Christmas,” even though the majority of those 94% claim they don’t believe in Christ. I wonder why, or what, they are celebrating. I wonder what’s so important about this time of year to those people that they will spend $457 BILLION during the “holiday season.”

Even as Christians, we are guilty of falling into the death of debt in order to celebrate Christ’s birth. Why are we giving our children all the goodies when it’s someone else’s birthday? We wouldn’t take our child to one of their friend’s birthday party and then give our own child all the presents, would we? The purpose of celebrating someone’s birthday is to honor the day they were born. We’re celebrating their life, their past, their future, their hope, and of course, our love for them. Why are we making Christmas so complicated? It’s Christ’s birthday. Let's also remember, it's not called, Santamas. It's CHRISTmas. Some would even say it's The Forgotten Christmas.

This year, I'm already telling our 2 year old son, Tavin, that there is no Santa and that the real reason we celebrate is to honor Christ. My husband and I have also decided that we will no longer make it a big ordeal for presents, either. Like many Americans, we can’t afford to buy outlandish amounts of gifts, nor do we desire to take six months, to possibly two years, to pay off a credit card debt for toys he’d outgrow or become bored with in six weeks.

While most of us are complaining about the national debt, the recession, high gas and grocery prices, we are still “making a list and checking it twice.” How is that possible? What if you were able to do one thing that would positively impact your children for the rest of their lives, and possibly their children’s lives, too?

Tell them what Christmas really means. Explain to them who Santa is, and is not. Tell your children that this year you are celebrating Christ’s birthday, and in honoring His birthday you are going to be buying gifts for Him; and that means, gifts for those who are in need of knowing Him, too.

If you’ve already had a Christmas budget mapped and planned out for this year, it’s not too late to make a change of plans. For example, if you are setting aside $500 for gifts this year, why not take 10% of that amount, at the very least, and contribute it to those who are less fortunate. I’m talking about the people who are starving to death, who don’t have clean water, who may need to sell their children for a lousy two or three days worth of food for other family members, and who may never know the love of Jesus Christ. Doesn’t that sound better than a newer new Xbox? Or a bigger big screen TV? How important are gadgets anyway when they are obsolete within 48 hours because a newer version came out and now you need to spend another $300 for that update? Sounds silly…and wasteful, doesn’t it?

As you know, I’m proudly linked and connected to Gospel for Asia. I urge you to consider 5 or 10% of your Christmas funds towards this organization. Please watch this video, click on the link for a free book on the right hand side of my page, and then sit down with your family and talk about where you want to focus a certain amount of your Christmas savings to celebrate Christ’s birthday with someone less fortunate. Also, be sure to follow Forgotten Christmas on Twitter, and each new day you can amaze your friends with Christmas statistic gems like I posted today.

NOTE TO SELF: Be wise this Christmas. Start planning NOW! It’s time to reach the unreached. It’s time to stretch out our hands, and our pockets. It’s time to put CHRIST back into Christmas and teach our children what that really means.

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